BMW 4 Series coupe revealed with enhanced styling and handling

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Author: | Updated: 03 Jun 2020 16:07

With bold new styling and a sportier chassis, the new BMW 4 Series coupe has been revealed.

BMW 4 Series on the road

Top five things you need to know about the BMW 4 Series

  • Model-specific chassis builds on technology from latest 3 Series saloon
  • First BMW to be available with the specialised M Sport Pro Package
  • Latest weight-saving chassis technology enhances handling
  • Mild hybrid technology features on all diesel engines
  • Due to launch in October

BMW 4 Series styling

BMW 4 Series styling

A defining, and increasingly divisive, element of any new BMW launch is the trademark kidney grille. With the 4 Series it reprises a design feature from the company’s past but adds a modern twist. It is framed by surfaces with a three-dimensional structure and, like the contours of the headlights, the bonnet’s arrow-shaped lines zero in on the grille. At the outer edges of the front apron, the vertically designed intakes for the Air Curtains accentuate the width of the car.

Featuring a sleek side profile with bold surfaces, it has a slim window graphic and a stretched roofline which flow smoothly into the tail.

At 4,768 millimetres, the new car is 128mm longer than its predecessor and 27mm wider (now 1,852mm), and its wheelbase has grown by 41mm to 2,851mm.

BMW 4 Series interior

BMW 4 Series interior

Cleanly designed surfaces, high-quality materials and the driver-focused layout of the cockpit define the premium and performance feel of the interior.

The start/stop button for the engine is now positioned in the centre console, where the newly designed selector lever is joined by the buttons for the Driving Experience Control switch.

The latest version of BMW’s iDrive infotainment also features, with the iDrive Controller also situated in the centre console.

Newly developed front sport seats are standard, featuring contoured side bolsters to provide maximum support during hard cornering.

Practicality hasn’t been overlooked either, with the 4 Series offering a 40:20:40 split backbench, an array of storage areas and boot space that has been increased to 440 litres.

BMW 4 Series infotainment

The BMW 4 Series comes as standard with a fully digital screen grouping comprising a 12.3 inch instrument cluster behind the steering wheel and a 10.25-inch Central Control Display.

The infotainment unit features the seventh generation of BMW’s operating system, opening up a range of personalisation and connectivity options as well as new apps.

BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant now also features extended functions including optimised interaction and new graphics.

Standard smartphone integration now also features Android Auto in addition to Apple CarPlay.

Remote Software Upgrade is also introduced in the new BMW 4 Series, with vehicle-specific content and updates for driver assistance systems instantly available.

BMW 4 Series cornering

BMW 4 Series engine and performance

The new BMW 4 Series will be available with a choice of two four-cylinder petrol units and a four-cylinder diesel from launch, with significant engine advances made over the outgoing model.

Mild hybrid technology has been included with all diesel engines as well as the straight-six petrol unit in the flagship BMW M440i xDrive. The introduction of mild hybrid technology with a 48V starter-generator ensures even sharper power delivery combined with reduced fuel consumption and emissions.

The 420i and 430i four-cylinder petrol units offer 181bhp and 254bhp respectively, while the 420d 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel mild-hybrid delivers 187bhp and official fuel economy of between 67.3 and 72.4mpg.

The aforementioned M440i xDrive tops the range, with its 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbo petrol engine producing 369bhp. 0-62mph can be achieved in 4.5 seconds up to a top speed of 155mph. Fuel economy sits between 39.8 to 41.5mpg.

The line-up is set to expand further with the arrival of two straight-six diesel engines in March 2021.

All the engines link up as standard with an eight-speed Steptronic transmission and all models are also fitted with shift paddles on the steering wheel.

BMW 4 Series performance

BMW 4 Series safety

The standard and optional driver assistance systems in the new BMW 4 Series have undergone a major upgrade over the outgoing model, with front collision warning, speed limit info and lane departure warning now offered as standard.

Cruise control with braking function comes as standard too, while Active Cruise Control with Stop&Go function is available within the Driving Assistant Professional package.

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